Independence Day has come and gone, and Bill Pullman hasn't made any speeches about taking back Earth. Alas, first contact will have to wait for another year. Hopefully Will Smith is still up for it when the aliens finally do come, but in the meantime, let's highlight some great free apps that slipped through the cracks over June.
If you read the trades, talk to developers, or simply open your eyes while looking at the App Store, you'll notice that content curation and delivery apps have been the rage for the past year. While services like Rockmelt have provided your own controls for content curation, Rockpack hopes to give you complete dominion over your video content.
Public service announcements, by their inherently important nature, aren't really meant to entertain. Whether it's Pee-wee Herman letting us know about the dangers of crack, or Ted Danson getting real about seabed trawling, the message's tone is often dry and deadly serious. Last year, Metro Trains of Melbourne, Australia took a different approach by creating the wildly successful and dark-humored "Dumb Ways to Die." By transitioning the campaign to the iOS world, it's only taken on an even greater layer of absurdity.
An elevator pitch is one of the hallmarks of any startup. The idea is simple: a short summary is used to completely encompass and define a person, product, service, brand or omnidimensional galactic consciousness in the time it would take to ride an elevator. Whether it be in the entertainment industry, where every venti latte comes with a killer coming of age screenplay, or a closed door meeting with engineers, organizing those thoughts on any brand new idea can be difficult. Elevatr hopes to be the service that takes your dream and makes it a reality.
There's certainly no accounting for taste. Musically, many of us have completely different preferences in the shows we watch, and even the food we eat. Stand-up comedy is hardly any different, but unless you're in the clubs or a serious podcast enthusiast, chances are your best outlets are Comedy Central or those emails your uncle sends you that you quickly delete. Well, fortunately Comedy Central has opened up its archives in iOS form with CC: Stand-Up.
The hipster dividing wall has gone up. Some are playing saws in the analog camp, while the collective consciousness of my generation has just discovered deeper cuts of the New Wave era and have very important words and opinions about David Byrne that they'd like you to hear about. Listen, electronic music isn't for everyone. If you're building out your own tunes, you've got a number of standard interfaces, and your Abletons and Reasons are good at what they do for a reason. Still, considering electronic music doesn't have to be constructed in any particular fashion, it's surprising there are so few people out there playing with the process. This is where Musyc comes in.
In the shadow of the dearly departed Skyview Drive-In Theater, Santa Cruz's weekend flea market was another bit of my youth's paradise. Between all of the horrendous and delicious fried foods, and the empty promises of a vegetable chopper destined to make your life more convenient, the true prize would always lay between plastic, cardboard and twist-ties. Some would call them Hero Rangers, Adventure Turtles, or even Chopper Rats from Pluto, but despite their off-color paint jobs, they often could provide as much enjoyment as their copyrighted cousins. Knock-offs are what make budget-conscious world go round, and the iOS ecosystem is hardly different.
Summer is rapidly approaching, and with that comes the burden of moving. Whether your family is expanding and needing more space, college kids are returning home, or you're a young urban professional fearful that your roommate is trying to cook you into a stew, we all get locational angst. With all of the sketchy services out there, it can be exceptionally difficult to find the living situation that works for you. Well, be bound by Craigslist and its Machiavellian promise no longer.
One of the first mediums to take advantage of the new distribution possibilities of the internet was the cartoon strip. After decades of being held down by content limitations or simply keeping the number of professional cartoonists to a minimum, artists were able to bypass syndicated networks. In this newly artist driven industry, and thanks to intelligent link-sharing, webcomics were able to form networks entirely their own, as well as creating their own merchandise to help drive in revenue. For such a forward-thinking industry, it was a shame that they seemed incapable of putting together a worthwhile dedicated app, until now.
It's that time again, where we at Free App Friday headquarters take a closer look at some of the more basic apps out there that are worth your time. Not unlike a fine IPA, just because they're smaller servings, doesn't mean they lack a punch.